Assessing medical fitness of pilots and air traffic controllers
From Transport Canada
The Civil Aviation Medicine Branch of Transport Canada appoints and employs doctors who check aviation personnel for medical conditions. These exams are done based on international medical standards for aviation.
Physicians apply directly to Transport Canada and are interviewed by a Regional Aviation Medical Officer before appointment. Physicians who are interested in being appointed as a Civil Aviation Medical Examiner (CAME) should contact a Civil Aviation Medicine regional office.
If you are a pilot, air traffic controller or flight engineer and need to find a doctor to complete an aviation medical exam, search our list of approved Civil Aviation Medical Examiners.
There are six regional Civil Aviation Medicine branch offices.
Also refer to the Civil Aviation Medicine - FAQs to learn about how our examiners assess specific medical conditions.
On this page
- Handbook for Civil Aviation Medical Examiners
- Civil aviation medicine seminars
- Guidelines for medical examiners (by condition)
- Civil Aviation Medical Examination Report form
- Related links
Handbook for Civil Aviation Medical Examiners
The Handbook for Civil Aviation Medical Examiners – TP 13312 has information about how to conduct an aviation medical exam, as well as Canada's role in regulating medical aviation standards.
Civil aviation medicine seminars
All CAMEs who are newly appointed must attend a Transport Canada training seminar as soon as possible, and then no less than once every four years.
See our list of upcoming Civil aviation medicine seminars.
Guidelines for medical examiners (by condition)
As a CAME, you must know the current guidelines for specific diseases and conditions. We have established guidelines for:
- cardiovascular disease
- human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- neurological conditions
- psychiatric conditions (including SSRI use)
- refractive eye surgery
Civil Aviation Medical Examination Report form
You must fill out Parts B, C, and D of this form during and after a medical exam you perform on behalf of Transport Canada. It is available in PDF only.
Civil Aviation Medical Examination Report
(PDF, 662 KB)
You may be interested in these websites related to medical fitness for aviation in Canada and internationally.
Note: We are not responsible for content external to the Government of Canada.
- Aerospace Medical Association
- Aviation Occupational Safety and Health
- Canadian Medical Association (CMA)
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Aerospace Medicine
- International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
- Transportation Safety Board of Canada
- Travel Medicine Program
- UK CAA Medical Division
- International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine
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